Thieves make off with youngsters’ softball gear

More than $2,000 worth of learn-to-play equipment stolen, Abbotsford Minor Fastball Association says

Thieves make off with youngsters’ softball gear

The Abbotsford Minor Fastball Association (AMFA) is reeling after thieves stole a box containing more than $2,000 worth of equipment for the organization’s youngest players.

President Laara Green said the large job box – which had been chained to a fence – was carted off from Centennial Park elementary school over the May Long Weekend after the chain was cut. The box was found to be missing the following Tuesday by staff at the school.

Inside was a range of equipment for the AMFA’s Learn-to-play softball program, including bats, bow nets for batting practice, special balls and a range of other practice equipment. But Green believes the thieves wanted the box, which fits into the back of a pick-up truck.

Green is hoping the thieves may have discarded the contents and that someone may have found them, or seen something during the theft.

“This is a huge inconvenience for the kids at AMFA as the softball season is well under way,” said volunteer Karen Jenner in an email. “Now the association has to scramble to find and replace the valuable equipment.”

Anyone with information can contact police, or the AMFA at president@amfa.ca.